Pixar Partners with Khan Academy to launch online storytelling course

Pixar Partners with Khan Academy to launch online storytelling course

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Pixar Animation Studios is partnering with Khan Academy to launch the first of six free online lessons covering the art of storytelling, the course is taught by Pete Docter, Mark Andrews, and other filmmakers from the renowned Disney-owned studio. The new series includes Pete Docter, director of “Inside Out,” “Up” and ..

Anish Kapoor Awarded Prestigious $1M Genesis Prize

Anish Kapoor Awarded Prestigious $1M Genesis Prize

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The Genesis Prize Foundation announced this week that Anish Kapoor, the Turner Prize-winning artist, has been named its laureate for 2017. The annual prize recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to Jewish politics and culture, it comes with a $1 million cash prize. Kapoor, whose mother is Jewish, ..

Indian-American museum opens in New Jersey

Indian-American museum opens in New Jersey

MAHWAH, N.J. (Diya TV) — A new museum saluting and celebrating the experiences of Indian-Americans in the U.S. has opened at the Hindu Samaj Temple of Mahwah in New Jersey. The temple celebrated its grand opening of the new 13,800-square-foot cultural center on June 5. Built eight years ago beneath the temple, the space previously served ..

Indian Rajput court paintings to go on exhibition at the Met in New York

Indian Rajput court paintings to go on exhibition at the Met in New York

NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Steven M. Kossak decided at age 36 to return to school and pursue a degree in art history. Soon thereafter, he joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a research assistant, and worked his way up the totem pole to his current position, where he serves as full curator of the ..

Fire destroys New Delhi’s National Museum of Natural history

Fire destroys New Delhi’s National Museum of Natural history

NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — Tuesday morning, security personnel from India’s National Museum of Natural History called emergency services to report a fire on the top floor of the building. Flames spread throughout the six-story building quickly, 35 fire engines and dozens more firefighters were called to fight the blaze. “The fire began on the ..

Water Baloons, Pichkaris and Gulaal, Why this year’s Holi is unlike any other

    SANTA CLARA Calif. (Diya TV) Smear me with Pink and Orange, douse me in Blue in Green! Ahhh… All that I can imagine right now is having all these colors on me! The season of Spring blooms is here and “Holi” is the way millions celebrate the joy and cheer of this festival of colors. Holi is ..

Farha Sayeed hosts ‘Egg-Stravaganza’ in Chicago

Farha Sayeed hosts ‘Egg-Stravaganza’ in Chicago

CHICAGO (Diya TV) — Farha Sayeed, an internationally known and celebrated egg artist, hosted her first solo egg art exhibition in Chicago over the weekend. “The Easter Eggstravaganza” was held at Chicago’s celebrated symphony center over the weekend, with sale proceeds benefiting the American-India Foundation’s Maternal and New Born Survival Initiative (MANSI). Sayeed and her husband, Dr. ..

‘Superwoman’, Modi, named in Time’s 30 Most Influential People Online List

‘Superwoman’, Modi, named in Time’s 30 Most Influential People Online List

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Lilly “Superwoman” Singh and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi are the sole persons of Indian origin represented on Time magazine’s 2016 list of 30 Most Influential People on the Internet — just two years in, it’s PM Modi’s second selection in as many years. Singh, a Canadian YouTube sensation who possesses ..

Historic Night for South Asians at the 2016 Academy Awards

Historic Night for South Asians at the 2016 Academy Awards

Filmmakers Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Asif Kapadia win Oscars for their respective documentaries; Priyanka Chopra and Dev Patel present awards HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (Diya TV) — On a night where diversity in Hollywood was top of mind, if not fully represented on center stage, two Desis won Academy Awards back-to-back for their respective works in documentary film.  ..

IIT Bombay alums host Silicon Valley hackathon

IIT Bombay alums host Silicon Valley hackathon

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (DIYA TV) — In the heart of Silicon Valley, where the cultivation of technology has become as embedded into the culture as the California sunshine, alumnus of IIT Bombay continued their time honored approach to the growth of technology by hosting a hackathon at Juniper Networks last weekend. Consul General Ashok Venkatesan was ..

Asif Kapadiya wins Grammy for Best Music Film

Asif Kapadiya wins Grammy for Best Music Film

(DIYA TV) LOS ANGELES — Asif Kapadiya’s documentary on the life and times of the late singer Amy Winehouse, titled “Amy,” was honored at the 2016 Grammy Awards, being selected at the year’s Best Music Film. The Indo-British filmmaker has also been nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Documentary Feature . Kapadiya ..

Anoushka Shankar’s Grammy experience: ‘It was really fun’

Anoushka Shankar’s Grammy experience: ‘It was really fun’

(DIYA TV) LOS ANGELES — Acclaimed musician and artist Anoushka Shankar, daughter of the late sitar player Ravi Shankar, got the chance to be a part of this year’s Grammy Awards — she spent the evening with other artists she has admired for many years, and was even given the opportunity to present awards during the ceremony. ..